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This Holiday Season Choose Children’s Gifts that are Eye Safe


We all know why we need to wear sunglasses and sunscreen in the summer. Winter, however, can be deceiving. It's an illusion to assume that we are safe from sunburns during the colder season.

Snow acts as a powerful mirror for sunlight and magnifies the effects of UV rays which would otherwise be absorbed by the ground. As a result, the eyes are exposed to both the UV radiation bouncing back from the snowy carpet and the rays shining down directly from the sun.

If your family is skiing or snowboarding up in the mountains, you need to be even more careful! UV rays are more powerful at higher altitudes. Another important factor to remember is that ultraviolet radiation penetrates through clouds, so even if the sun is hidden behind them, it can still damage your eyes.

Prevent overexposure to sunlight by wearing sunglasses that absorb at least 95% of ultraviolet radiation when you go outside, no matter what time of year it is. Even though you want to look great in your shades, the most important part of choosing sunglasses is making sure they provide adequate protection against UV. Make sure the lenses are 100% UV blocking by looking for an indication that they block all light up to 400 nanometers - UV400. The good news is you don't necessarily have to pay more for full coverage for your eyes. Dozens of reasonably priced options exist that still provide total ultraviolet protection.

Another important factor in selecting sun wear is the size of the lenses. You want to make sure your glasses cover as much of the area around your eyes as possible. The more coverage you have, the less harmful radiation will be able to penetrate. Lenses that wrap around the temples will also prevent UV waves from entering from the sides.

If you like to ski or frolic in the snowy hills, you should be aware that the sun's rays are stronger at higher elevations, so you need to be especially careful to keep your eyes shaded on the slopes. In addition to sunglasses, it's a good idea to put on a wide brimmed hat that covers your eyes.

Make a point to be knowledgeable about proper eye protection throughout the year. Don't forget to wear your sunglasses.

Holiday season is right around the corner and that means toys and presents. Adoring mothers and fathers love surprising the kids with the newest toys to start off the New Year.
It is important that family members explain to others the rules when it comes to eye-safe toys. Injuries with unsafe toys do take place, occasionally resulting in damaged eyes.

Here are some guidelines to protect children from toy related injury:

  1. Only buy gifts which are age appropriate. Be careful not to allow younger children to play with toys intended for older siblings.
  2. Show children how to play safely. Before play, if possible inspect new toys for safe construction.
  3. Look after young kids when they play.
  4. Prevent eye injuries by throwing out toy or games with sharp edges or projectiles.

Before purchasing that popular toy or game that your child has been itching for, spend some time to look over eye safety tips for toys. The holidays are a great time for creating special moments with your loved ones, not the ER doctor. Avoid a trip to the ER this year and have a joyous holiday.